Focus On Conference Chase

West Virginia completed the non-conference portion of the schedule with the win over Central Florida, and the Mountaineers are now quickly turning their attention to the Big East race.

WVU head football coach Rich Rodriguez quickly dispensed with Central Florida talk and moved on to Boston College on Monday. While noting that he was happy to get the win and that "we had key plays at key times to get the victory", Rodriguez' thoughts were already on the Eagles as he prepared for Monday's practice session.

"We have four league games left with a lot at stake," Rodriguez said. "The game at BC will be a tremendous challenge. We are hoping to play well and finish strong.

"It's a big game for both teams as they try to get bowl eligible. And we still have the opportunity to win the Big East. Although you don't want to say it's a make or break game, it's critical, and it would be a huge win for us."

While Boston College's Alumni Stadium doesn't have the reputation for being a tough venue to play in, Rodriguez observed that the seating configuration can make it difficult for visiting teams.

"They get nice crowds, and they are right on top of you. I've had experience with that as both a player and a coach. We hope we have matured enough to handle hostile environments, because we've played in places like the Orange Bowl. But, it can be louder at Alumni Stadium than it is in the Orange Bowl."

Rodriguez also took a bit of offense, albeit mildly, when asked a question about "backing in" to the Big East title after Virginia Tech's win at Miami.

"'Back in' is not the right term, because we do control our own destiny if we would be fortunate enough to win our remianing games," Rodriguez noted. "We'd at least be tied for the Big East championship."

RIFLE REPORTS

Rasheed Marshall still had "a bit of a headache" while lifting on Monday morning. He is doing better, and answered questions about the offense clearly and coherently. Trainers and the medical staff will evaluate him later today to see if he is able to practice.

Rodriguez said that Marshall would not be a "game time decision", however.

"We should know before gameday on his status, although you never know for sure. We are just taking it day by day, and will let the trainers and doctors make the decision. If he doesn't practice all week, he won't start. He needs to get a couple days of practice in."

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WVU's running game continues to carry the offensive load for the Mountaineers, and that attack is largely powered by Quincy Wilson

Rodriguez also compared Boston College running back Derrick Knight to Wilson, although he noted that there are more contrasts than comparisons to be made.

"He and Derrick Knight are different types of backs." Rodriguez analyzed. "Derrick is shiftier, and very good in space. Quincy is more of a straight line guy, while Derrick makes people miss."


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